Artists In Residence
Gigi Alvaré is an educator, artist and performer. She served as Director of Education at the Rockwell Museum from 2001- April 2018. During her tenure she initiated and developed numerous projects in the Museum and the community including the Dia de Los Muertos project, the Garden of Fire (summer youth program) and the Alley Art Project (Corning mural project in collaboration with the High School Learning Center).
From 1984 until her tenure at The Rockwell Museum, Alvaré taught in hundreds of K-12 classrooms in New York City and the Hudson River Valley through many arts-in-education organizations such as the Touchstone Center for Children and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Doing Art Together program. For the Touchstone Center, she illustrated four books and wrote several plays for children that have been performed in a variety of settings, including: The Brooklyn Museum, the New York Historical Society and Belvedere Castle, Central Park
As a performer Alvaré has performed at La Mama ETC, NYC, Theatre for the New City, NYC, the Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie NY, and the Mettawee River Theatre Summer Company. As an artist her work has been exhibited at Abrons Art Center, Barret Art Center, Tivoli Artist’s Co-op, Arnot Art Museum, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and 171 Cedar Arts. She was selected as a Finger Lakes Billboard Artist in 2002. From 2004-2007 she served on the Arts in Education Panel for the New York State Council on the Arts, NYC. From the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, Alvaré received a 2010 Crossroads Grant for the creation of a performance piece, the 2010 ARTS Partnership Award, the 2018 Lifetime Service Award, and Individual Artist grants in 2020 and 2022.